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December 24, 1957

Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 63

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A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE THE LOGANSPORT PHAROS-TRIBUNE A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE Season's Greetings From The Classified Advertisers Doc Recalls Fighting Incident in Pacific By DOC QUIGG United Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK (UP)—"Adm. John Dale Price is dead at 65," the headline says, and a spate of memories spills across the years. "John Dale," as he was known familiarly in the Navy, was a flying admiral and a fighting admiral. He got the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War TI for valor and achievement in attacking Wake Island. I had a rather personal interest in the successful completion and safe return of the Wake Island bombing. I went along. My duty was to write about it for the combined Allied press. Just about this week, 14 years ago, we were on the island of Midway sweating out preparations. It was to, be the longest over-water night air strike made in the war up to that time. Mindful of the casualty rate in air attacks at that time; a Navy public relations man had advised me to desist from going alo_ng, on the simple theory that it is easier to write about a thing if you stay alive. The admiral was aghast when this suggestion was relayed to him. him. "Why, we're leaving a bomb off one of the planes just to get you on," he said. "I'm going along myself. I want this thing done right." Admiral Price at that time was commander of Fleet Air Wing Two—or, in the Navy's quaint shrunken nomenclature, ComFair- VVingTwo. He had" argued the high command into letting him us« huge four-engine flying-boat planes as bombers, and on this, their first, strike he wanted to be sure of success. He was a forceful personality. During a briefing session on Midway, one of the fliers mentioned something about radio communication between p lanes. The admiral himself happened to be' eavesdropping at 'the edge of the crowd. "Ain't gonna be no radio!" he roared, causing several lieutenants to jump like scared rabbits. "Nobody's gonna know. we're in the air till we get there." . In those days, they wore heavy steel armor, padded so that it resembled a baseball catcher's protector, front and rear. This was to fend off anti-aircraft shrapnel. By the time you got it on over your parachute, which in turn was 'on over your Mae West, the weight made you stagger. U.S. industry was dovetailed in queer ways into the war. On the flight toward Wake, 1 examined my armor and found a charming tag on the inside, labeled "Fashion Frocks, Inc." And, on the way, there was a security lesson I never forgot. The plane commander's voice came through the earphones to the crew. "Men, I have an announcement. Mr. Quigg, the U.P. war correspondent aboard, tells me we are making the first flight to .neutralize Wake ah- strips for the Allied invasion of the Marshall Islands in a day or two." He then detailed the whole plan of what outfits were going to invade what islands. If we had been shot down alive, the enemy would have had a whole crew to torture information from. I kept my big mouth shut for the rest of the war. Since that was the Christmas season, and so is this, let's doff a hat in thanks again to those boys who spent wartime Christmases in the Pacific wastes. There's a song you hear at this season inquiring how'd you like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island. No v thanks. I've been there. Christmas Island is a pile of sand with maybe two palms and no romance. Tasty Dip For Parties NEW YORK — Serve a tray of: raw vegetable relishes for a re-' freshing snack between rich meals at Christmastime. Add a tasty dip made with one cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and H teaspoon ground ginger. TO ALL: "•.«* * "v V :".• .* * o- * • r •'. \; ; t •„*•>:;• • •*.•>.•. •.*.r.V;« :/ANO'AAANY THANKS.".'..-. « 1 ^,* . * • .'„ FOR YOUR PATRON AC^F / «° * AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE, Inc. 236 E. Linden Phone 3154 Conklin Sewer Service Phone 40415 or 2280 FifesMe We send this wish on Christmas Day.., May h find you blest with peace, happiness and &H the things your heart desires, Eikelberner Tractor Sales Your Ford Dealer East Main Street Eh. 21326 At thfo Joyotw Station, when eve»y- day cares are overshadowed by good fellowship and kind thoughts, we sincere' ly wish you • Merajr Christmas Lincoln Finance Corp. MABIE SMITH. Mgr. eetinqsl TO EACH Of OUR COOD FRIENDS May Ail Holiday lesion hotd for yov a h««ping big mtaiur* of good cht«r »nd !*, our tru» wish for you. Bet-R-Way Glass Co. 1428 Michigan Avenue Phone 2456 ^SS* BAIRDMOIBLE HOMES Peru, Ind. Phone Gridley 3-9808 It is our sincere hope.that, through the years ahead, a relationship A based on friendship, confidence, and mutual respect, may grow stronger, and A ^ more enduringrMeantime, of course, we wish youua joyous Christmas. Grusenmeyer Motor Sales Inc. "Your Pontiac Dealer" 110-114 3. Sixth Street R & R Motor Sales "Your Rambler Dealer" E. Main Street Phone 4351 The best of everything at Christmas time and throughout the coming year. V* Grade & Joe Pohlman 4 O/cf words ring true, so once again we're wishing you A Very Marry Chriatmai American Security 314 Fifth Street Phone 3216 best tofcfye* for a tjS INDIANA RENDERING CO. Cliff Drive Phone 472» CHRISTMAS Cotner's Cities Service CIO Burlington MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU WORD'S STANDARD SERVICE 12th and Market KAY WOKD Phone 5935 • We like to say "thank you" for the opportunity of serving you and to wish you succetc and prosperity in the days that lie ahead... may you enjoy a merry Christmas. Singer Sewing Center 311 Fourth Street Phone 3417 Merry Cfcrktmo* Mm* wU* 9rt«*t*9* of good d«ft atood for oH of Beck's Transfer Co. 1Z8 Tacoma ATI! Ph. 353* it's Christmas Chm we want to jo* health and happiness for Christmas Day, fcr AK duty aiker ChriMma* and tfarcw^i tite yew. For your fine patronage • we a*e grateful. RENDEZVOUS • Cocktail Lounge FROM Dale and Bud 2214th St. Logansport Phone 4934

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